Getting your booster will give you and your whānau greater protection from COVID-19, including Omicron.
Rangatahi aged 16 and 17 can get a COVID-19 booster of the Pfizer vaccine if it's been 6 months after completing their primary course.
Anyone aged 18 or over can get a booster if it’s been three months (93 days) since your second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Second COVID-19 Booster
Note: This is information is correct for the period to 31 March 2023 and will be updated 1 April 2023.
A second booster is recommended for those at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 – a minimum of 6 months after a first booster.
A second COVID-19 booster is available for:
- everyone over the age of 50 and recommended for anyone over the age of 65
- Māori and Pacific Peoples older than 40 years (from Friday 18 November 2022)
- people who are severely immunocompromised
- residents of aged care and disability care facilities
- health, aged-care and disability workers over the age of 30
Other people recommended to receive a second booster as a priority:
- people aged 16 years and over who have a medical condition that increases the risk of severe breakthrough COVID-19 illness and
- people aged 16 years and over who live with disability with significant or complex health needs or multiple comorbidities.
- See Clinical criteria in support of second booster eligibility
Read more here about second boosters on the government website
How to Book
Māori and Pacific peoples aged 40 to 49 are eligible for a second booster, to provide additional protection from COVID-19. Read more on the Unite against COVID-19 website.
First and second booster vaccines are available through walk-in and booked appointments at Māori and Pacific providers, pharmacies, general practice and other locations across our region. Appointments can be booked at BookMyVaccine.nz or by calling the COVID-19 Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26.
For maximum immunity, if you’ve had COVID-19, you need to wait 3 months after you tested positive before having a COVID-19 vaccination.